French translation of 'talk'
1. (= words) propos mpl
That’s not the kind of talk one usually hears from accountants. Ce n’est pas le genre de propos que l’on entend d’habitude de la bouche de comptables.
I will not have that kind of talk at the table! Je ne supporterai pas ce genre de propos à table !
it’s all talk (= hot air) ce ne sont que des mots
2. (= rumour)
there is talk that ... le bruit court que ...
There is talk that the president may be deposed. Le bruit court que le président pourrait être déposé.
3. (= gossip) racontars mpl
It’s just talk. Ce ne sont que des racontars.
4. (= discussion) conversation f
I had a talk with my Mum about it. J’ai eu une conversation avec ma mère à ce sujet.
I think it’s time we had a talk. Je crois qu’il est temps que nous ayons une conversation.
5. (= interview) entretien m
6. (= speech) exposé m
a talk on sth un exposé sur qch
to give a talk faire un exposé
She gave a talk on rock climbing. Elle a fait un exposé sur la varappe.
1. (= speak) parler
She can’t talk yet. Elle ne sait pas encore parler.
They all began to talk at once. Ils ont commencé à parler tous à la fois.
2. (= converse) parler
We talked for hours. Nous avons parlé pendant des heures.
to talk to sb parler à qn
to talk with sb parler à qn
to talk about sth parler de qch
They talked about old times. Ils ont parlé du bon vieux temps.
talking of films, have you seen ... ? en parlant de films, avez-vous vu ... ?
3. (= chatter) bavarder
4. (= gossip) jaser
People will talk. Les gens vont jaser.
to talk about sb parler de qn
Everyone is talking about him. Tout le monde parle de lui.
5. (= hold formal discussions) négocier
The two sides are prepared to sit down and talk. Les deux parties sont prêts à s’asseoir à la table des négociations.
We’re talking to them about opening an office in London. Nous sommes en discussion avec eux pour l’ouverture d’un bureau. à Londres.
6. (= reveal information) parler
He was interrogated but he refused to talk. On l’a interrogé mais il a refusé de parler.
1. (= speak) [language] parler
2. (= discuss) [business, politics] parler
Let’s talk business. Parlons affaire.
We’re talking megabucks. Il s’agit de sommes faramineuses.
to talk sense tenir des propos sensés
to talk rubbish dire des âneries
5. (= persuade)
to talk sb into doing sth persuader qn de faire qch
He talked me into marrying him. Il m’a persuadée de l’épouser.
to talk sb out of doing sth persuader qn de ne pas faire qch
talks plural noun
(= formal discussions) négociations fpl ⧫ pourparlers mpl
peace talks pourparlers de paix
Phrasal verbstalk around, talk down to, talk over, talk through
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Example Sentences Including 'talk'
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There was no foolish boasting in his talking about what he would do at the inauguration ceremony.Truman (1986)
Progress has been hampered by the lack of a formal approach to talks from the miners.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Talks between the two were well advanced.Times, Sunday Times (2017)
This isn’t the usual case of IT being told off for not talking business language.Computing (2010)
Our divorce was the talk of the town.The Sun (2017)
Stop just talking about healthy lifestyle changes and take the first step.The Sun (2016)
The moon matches you with a Virgo who has a tough way of talking and the kindest heart.The Sun (2016)
The skill of a lawyer is not just in talking but also in listening.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Then pack them off with a pep talk on cheap and easy ways to cook good food.The Sun (2013)
They also talk with their mouths full.The Sun (2016)
This patronising voice with a whine and an awful regional accent was talking.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
We talked about how much we still felt for each other and decided to give it another go.The Sun (2011)
We were also pretty free to talk to people across the bank.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
We would have been talking two languages.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
What you say is taken seriously so talk about what matters.The Sun (2011)
You can also get two stubborn friends talking again.The Sun (2016)
You have the tact and determination to keep people talking until an agreement has been reached.The Sun (2010)
Yet we would rather him be the talk of the town out on the pitch tonight.The Sun (2011)
You hear people talking about it for days leading up to the game.The Sun (2016)
He has a horror of talking about anything personal.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Others were talking about share deals.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
You may also hear people talk of a "coronary" or "coronary thrombosis".Coping with Angina (1990)
But it was holding talks over a possible future deal.The Sun (2016)
The attacks came as an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighbouring Belarus was aborted before it began.The Sun (2015)
They talk in ways nobody actually talks.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Those close to the talks say the sale price could approach 1.5 billion, much higher than envisaged.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
Turkey and Russia are on the brink of cutting a new ceasefire deal before the talks.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
We had lots in common and could talk about anything.The Sun (2006)
We talk to one another and compare regimes.The Sun (2008)
Yet he and the other leaders of the centre-left largely avoid talking about peace.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
You have some good ideas and can talk about them in a way that gets people listening.The Sun (2009)
No party serious about government should be talking about new spending and tax cuts.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
They are due to talk early next week.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
We want to talk about the kind of leaders that can lead us to justice.Christianity Today (2000)
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'talk' in Other Languages
British English: talk /tɔːk/ NOUN
Talk is the things you say to someone when you talk.
We had a long talk about her father.
- American English: talk
- Arabic: كَلَام
- Brazilian Portuguese: palestra
- Chinese: 交谈
- Croatian: razgovor
- Czech: hovor
- Danish: snak
- Dutch: praatje
- European Spanish: conversación
- Finnish: puhe
- French: discussion
- German: Gespräch
- Greek: λόγια
- Italian: conversazione
- Japanese: 話
- Korean: 강연
- Norwegian: snakk
- Polish: rozmowa
- European Portuguese: palestra
- Romanian: conversație
- Russian: разговор
- Spanish: conversación
- Swedish: pratstund
- Thai: การแสดงปาฐกถา
- Turkish: konuşma
- Ukrainian: розмова
- Vietnamese: bài nói chuyện
British English: talk /tɔːk/ VERB
When you talk, you use spoken language to express your thoughts, ideas, or feelings.
He was too distressed to talk.
- American English: talk
- Arabic: يَتَكَلَّمُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: falar
- Chinese: 交谈
- Croatian: razgovarati
- Czech: mluvit
- Danish: tale
- Dutch: praten
- European Spanish: hablar
- Finnish: puhua
- French: parler
- German: sprechen
- Greek: μιλάω
- Italian: parlare
- Japanese: 話す
- Korean: 말하다
- Norwegian: snakke
- Polish: rozmawiać
- European Portuguese: falar
- Romanian: a vorbi
- Russian: разговаривать
- Spanish: conversar
- Swedish: prata
- Thai: พูดคุย
- Turkish: konuşmak
- Ukrainian: говорити
- Vietnamese: nói chuyện
Translation of talk from the Collins English to French Dictionary